Sunday, March 9, 2014

News from Pemberley House

The trade hardcover edition of The Evil in Pemberley House, my Wold Newton collaboration novel with Grand Master Philip José Farmer, has been out of print for three years. The limited edition hardcover has been sold out for four years. The trade hardcover went for $40, while the limited edition retailed at $60.

Sounds as if it might be time for a new softcover edition at a more accessible price point. Maybe even an eBook!

On a related front, note to anonymous Amazon reviewers: I'm a big boy (Phil was too) and can accept your less than stellar opinions (after all, they are merely opinions, and non-constructive opinions at that). Any author should be prepared for negative reviews.

BUT--you don't own facts, your repeated misstatements don't change the facts. In fact, your failure to do simple fact-checks makes me take your reviews, shall we say, less than seriously. It is not a fact that the Estate of Philip José Farmer "allowed" The Evil in Pemberley House to be published. Phil himself "allowed" it, because he cowrote it. It is not "posthumous PJF."

News flash: just because you discover a work after the coauthor passes away does not make said work a "posthumous" collaboration.

Here's the timeline, all documented in this blog, for anyone who cares to perform an ounce of research before clicking the "post" button on their erroneous reviews:


  • July 2005 - Discovery of Pemberley House partial manuscript, complete outline, and copious notes.
  • 2006 - Authorization from Phil and Bette Farmer to complete the novel, subject to their approval of chapters in progress.
  • Summer 2007 - Frank conversation, in person, with Phil and Bette Farmer regarding the explicit sex scenes in the manuscript. Farmer expert Christopher Paul Carey is present for the conversation. Phil advocates for retaining the sex scenes, as integral to the plot and not gratuitous. Given that our plan called for retaining all of Phil's already-written prose, unaltered, and that this prose included some of the sex scenes, as well as his opinion regarding the necessity of the sex scenes to the plot, the decision is made: retain the sex scenes that he wrote, as well as the ones covered in his outline of the remainder of the novel.
  • 2007-2008 - I write the remainder of the book and share chapters with Phil for feedback and approval, which I receive.
  • May 2008 - Manuscript in agent's hands.
  • Late November 2008 - Novel sells to Subterranean Press. Announcement December 1.
  • February 25, 2009 - Philip José Farmer passes away.
  • September 2009 - The Evil in Pemberley House ships from the publisher.
  • February 2010 - Limited edition sells out.
  • March 2011 - Trade edition sells out.

As I said, if your panties are in a bunch because you think The Evil in Pemberley House is "porn," well, have at it. You likely haven't read Phil's magnificently shocking A Feast Unknown, or his groundbreaking "The Lovers"--you know, Phil's novella which broke new ground in SF by frankly addressing human-alien love and sex, and which reportedly made editor John W. Campbell want to throw up. And which won Phil the 1952 Hugo award for most promising new writer. You also likely missed his wonderfully disturbing novels Image of the Beast, Blown, and Love Song.

Is Pemberley House as fantastic as any of those works? Of course not, because unfortunately the master didn't finish writing it himself. But are the sex and mature themes true to Phil? Absolutely--because they're his.

You don't like the sex and the mature themes? You have an absolute right not to. But why you expected something different from a Philip José Farmer novel is mystery to me and to any thoughtful reader who has passing familiarity with his works. And since you anonymous reviewers claim to be well acquainted with Phil's oeuvre, it should be a mystery to you as well.

You don't like it that the book was authorized by Phil (not his Estate) and that it was not posthumous (it was written and sold before Phil's unfortunate passing)? Too bad. Your opinions are yours, but facts are facts. You might want to look into them, once in a while.

And with that, stay tuned for more Pemberley House news, coming soon!












Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Pat Wildman news - THE SCARLET JAGUAR!

A couple weeks back on my author blog I announced the follow-up to The Evil in Pemberley House:


Announcing Pat Wildman in ... The Scarlet Jaguar
I'm pleased to announce that Meteor House has picked up my next novella, a Pat Wildman adventure which is a sequel to The Evil in Pemberley House (by Philip Jose Farmer and me).  
The Scarlet Jaguar will be out in July 2013 and is available for preorder now, direct from Meteor House. (The first 100 preorders also get a neat commemorative bookmark.) 
Fully authorized by Farmer's estate, the book will sport a cover by the accomplished Mark Sparacio, an artist with pulp creds who definitely knows his way around illustrating adventurous women! 
US $15.00
5×8 tpb, XXX pages
LIMITED EDITION
of ??? signed copies
Speaking of Mark, he's been posting progress shots of the cover over on Facebook, and I'm pleased to share them here:




Monday, May 30, 2011

Casting Call 2: The Evil in Pemberley House

Following up on Brad Mengel's original post, and my brief reply, on dream casting The Evil in Pemberley House:

Patricia Wildman: still down with Christina Hendricks.








Dr. James Clarke "Doc" Wildman (Patricia's father): Chris Hemsworth (minus the long hair & beard).









Adelaide Lupin (Patricia's mother): Eva Green.










The Dowager Duchess of Greystoke: I'm fine with Brad's suggestion of Dame Maggie Smith.








Richard Deguy: Richard Greene (since Phil Farmer said Deguy looked like Greene).










Carla Deguy/Ghost of Bess of Pemberley: Olivia Wilde.










Helen Benson (daughter of Mr. Benson and Ellen Patrick): Beau Garrett.








Dr. Augustus Moran: Michael Caine.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wold Newton novel Evil in Pemberley House SOLD OUT!

The Wold Newton novel The Evil in in Pemberley House, by Philip Jose Farmer and, well, me, is sold out at the publisher.


Perhaps a few copies of the Trade and Limited editions at Camelot Books.

And that's pretty much it, except for copies, as they pop up, on eBay and ABE Books.

The daughter of "Doc Savage"--ahem--Doc Wildman... The Sherlockian mythos... A kick-ass cover by the incomparable Glen Orbik...

"Call now, supplies are limited!" and so forth. :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Casting Call : The Evil in Pemberley House

Brad Mengel is starting a neat little series of blog posts imagining the movie casts of his favorite books, and I'm honored he's started with The Evil in Pemberley House.

I am definitely down with his suggestions for Christina Hendricks as Patricia Wildman...

























...and Monica Belluci as Patricia's mother, Adelaide Lupin...









































... although I had originally envisioned Angelina Jolie for the role...



















I'll put together my own cast suggestions soon. Thanks Brad!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Warehouse find! Rare Pemberley House chapbook!


Due to a warehouse find at Subterranean Press, I'm pleased to make available several copies of the ultra-rare, out of print chapbook which accompanied the Limited Edition of the novel The Evil in Pemberley House.

The cover by Killer Keith Howell features the Doc Savage Coat of Arms, based on Philip José Farmer's written description in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, and supplemented with information from Farmer's private notes.

Chapbook contents:

  • An Expanded Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family graphic tree, which including SPOILERS from the novel
  • Notes on the Wildman [Savage] Coat of Arms by Philip José Farmer
  • Outline for the novel by Philip José Farmer
  • A timeline of key events in the novel by Win Scott Eckert
  • A "Creative Mythography" essay by Win Scott Eckert, about the research and writing of the novel and ensuring it remained in continuity with Farmer's other Wold Newtonian works, such as Tarzan Alive, the aforementioned Doc Savage, and The Adventure of the Peerless Peer

  • Info on how to order is on my Signed Books page (along with many other goodies). If you missed the chapbook the first time around, you probably want to act now, 'cause once they're gone, they're gone.

    Sunday, July 18, 2010

    THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE Limited Edition still available?

    Reposted from WinScottEckert.com, for anyone here who doesn't follow there:

    I while back
    I noted that the limited edition of The Evil in Pemberley House had sold out. This is true, insofar as ordering direct from Subterranean Press is concerned.

    However, I became aware today that
    Camelot Books appears to have some limited editions left in stock.

    The limited edition features:
    • chapbook cover art of the Doc Wildman [Doc Savage] Coat of Arms by Keith Howell
    • novel endsheets feature a Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree
    • chapbook features an expanded Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree, which including SPOILERS from the novel
    • notes on the Wildman [Savage] Coat of Arms by Philip José Farmer
    • outline for the novel by Philip José Farmer
    • timeline of key events in the novel by Win Scott Eckert
    • Wold Newtonian essay by Win Scott Eckert
    If you're a reader of my Crossovers books (thank you!) and you haven't picked up Pemberley House, you're at least aware by now of the multitude of crossovers and references featured in the novel; so if crossovers are your thing, you're covered. ;-)

    If adventure with a bit of sex tossed in are your thing... well, Phil Farmer and I have got you covered there as well (don't let Glen Orbik's gorgeous "girl running away from house" cover fool you on that count; Patricia Wildman, the daughter of a well-known bronze-hued pulp hero, undergoes more than her share of Gothic travails, but she also knows how to kick ass, and she does).

    If I haven't convinced you yet, check out the reviews, and give the book a shot, if you haven't already done so.

    Sunday, February 7, 2010

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Green Man Review on THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE

    Robert M. Tilendis over at the Green Man Review has some very nice things to say about The Evil in Pemberley House.

    "This one is fun--a good, tight story, enough psychology to keep it interesting, villains galore, characters with eccentricities that only the English can manage gracefully, a rich context, and lots of sex."


    Check out the complete review
    here!

    Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Washington Times review of PEMBERLEY HOUSE...

    "When super heroes are conflicted"...

    Ron Capshaw at the Washington Times has reviewed The Evil in Pemberley House. Choice quotes include: "It is safe to say that Patricia Clarke Wildman has sufficient baggage before she ever sets foot in the Pemberley House of Jane Austen fame" and "'Pemberley' is clearly a love letter rescued from the grave by co-writer Win Scott Eckert to Farmer's aged fans. It is replete with interrelated heroes and perverted sex scenes.
    "

    Check out the complete review here, won't you?

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    The Evil in Pemberley House - Limited edition

    I have a strong feeling that the Limited Edition of Subterranean Press' The Evil in Pemberley House (which includes a Wold Newton Family tree in the endsheets and a chapbook packed with bonus materials) is very close to selling out.

    If anyone out there hasn't gotten a copy, and intends to, now is probably a very good time.


    I'm just sayin'.

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    New Blog review of PEMBERLEY HOUSE...

    ...over at Singular Points, and I certainly can't complain about Charles Rutledge's overview of the book. Check it out, won't you?

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE - author copies have arrived...

    ... and wow!

    Upon removing the dust jacket, I see that the regular trade HC is bound in blue cloth, while the limited HC is bound in purple cloth. Very nice.
    For those readers who purchase the regular trade HC, that version has no Wold Newton Family tree chart on the end sheets. I've made the chart available at The Evil in Pemberley House website. Just scroll down the right navigation bar to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE - FAMILY TREE. Note that this version of the chart is Spoiler-Free; it does not give away any of the novel's mysteries.

    The Limited Edition HC has this very same Spoiler-Free family tree chart in the book's end sheets. The Chapbook that comes with the Limited Edition has the Spoilers version of the family tree on the inside front and back covers. I will not be making that version of the family tree chart available electronically, at least not for some time--you'll need to buy the Limited Edition for that. :-) From what I can tell, copies of the Limited Edition are going very quickly.

    All in all, I'm incredibly pleased, and feel very lucky. It's a beautiful package all around.

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE - shipping complete & 1st look at Limited Edition Chapbook cover

    According to Subterranean Press, all individual, retail, and wholesale orders for The Evil in Pemberley House have shipped.

    I have yet to receive my author copies, but Mike Croteau of
    The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page got his copy today, and kindly has provided a scan of the Limited Edition Chapbook cover, featuring the Doc Wildman ("Doc Savage") Coat of Arms as designed and described by Philip José Farmer in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (with a couple extra touches added from Phil's unpublished notes by yours truly) and lovingly rendered by Keith Howell.

    Subterranean Press
    Amazon.com

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    New interview online




    Rias Nuninga, of the fantastic
    Philip José Farmer International Bibliography page, has kindly spent some time interviewing me about writing the novel The Evil in Pemberley House--which according to Subterranean Press will ship any day or week now...

    Check out the interview here!

    Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Library Journal review of THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE


    The folks over at Subterranean Press have noted that Library Journal has reviewed The Evil in Pemberley House, saying "this dark erotic novel mixes the gothic-horror format with pieces of Sherlockian mysteries as well as homages to Tarzan of Greystoke and the Doc Savage series."

    Yep!

    Friday, August 7, 2009

    Pemberley House--full Booklist review



    In the many novels of the Wold Newton series, the late Farmer proved fond of enhancing the "biographies" of famous literary characters, such as Verne's Phileas Fogg and Burroughs' Tarzan, with fanciful, "uncovered" details. Here, collaborating with sf colleague and Wold Newton enthusiast Eckert, he recounts the fate of Patricia Wildman, daughter of pulp fiction icon Doc Savage. When her parents are presumed dead in a plane crash, 22-year-old Patricia assuages her grief in a spate of short-lived, unfulfilling love affairs. Then surprising news arrives: Patricia is the sole heir to Pemberley House, the estate featured in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and she sets off immediately for England. Eager for the change of scenery, Patricia comes well prepared to meet her bawdy cousins and 103-year-old dowager aunt, still living at Pemberley, but is less prepared for the restless ghost still haunting the estate. Part pulp romance, part erotic thriller, Farmer and Eckert's yarn is a steamy, intriguing addition to Wold Newton lore.

    - Carl Hays

    (c) Booklist 2009

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    PEMBERLEY HOUSE - Key historical scene reenacted & shipping update!

    Subterranean Press has announced that The Evil in Pemberley House is at the printer and expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.

    That seems a good excuse as any to post these pictures of a scene of critical historical significance to the events in Pemberley House, the murder of Charles Augustus Milverton. The murderess is a major character in Pemberley House. Pictures taken at the Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221B Baker Street, London, 25 July 2009.